For ten years, Kingfield Neighbors have gathered together on a cold February evening to dine together on delicious soups and breads, and raise funds for communityâ€™s affordable housing partners. Although this year will need to look different, it was felt by the planning team that this year, maybe more strongly than any other year, we NEED this hold this event.
So how do we hold a community dinner when we canâ€™t gather as a community?Â Empty Bowls is about more than soup!
What REALLY goes into the â€œsoupâ€ at Kingfield Empty Bowls?
- Strengthening local businesses
- Supporting affordable housing
- Building community!
We can still do these things, AND have soup too! See the Menu of Actions Below!
Empty Bowls Action #1: Visit Butter Bakery CafÃ© or The Lowbrow for Soup!
Bring one of your own bowls from a past Empty Bowls event to show your support (or feel free to make donation and take a new one of ours!) When you order soup at Butter Bakery or The Lowbrow they will also donate the price of your soup to support affordable housing options in our community! You can even choose to eat it at the restaurant (make a reservation) or get it to-go!
Empty Bowls Action #2: Donate directly to KFNA by texting the words â€˜Affordable Housingâ€™ to #44-321Â to Support This Work in Our Community!
Donated funds for bowls and soup will be divided between three partners: Nicollet Square, City of Lake Community Land Trust, and KFNA, to support ongoing work like we did this past summer with the unhoused folks at MLK Park. Please also support these amazing local partnering businesses by purchasing something extra with your soup (like a hot coffee, cold beer, or delicious dessert!) so they also benefit from you visit.
Empty Bowls Action #3: Share a photo with Your Community here!
Send a photo to KFNA of your family making soup, enjoying soup from a local participating restaurant, or eating soup at home. You can also take a photo of your favorite soup recipe, Grandmaâ€™s BorschtÂ or Auntie Maeâ€™s Fiery Corn Chowder, and share that as well. KFNA will be creating a virtual â€œbulletin boardâ€ of you images to show the engagement and activity in our community!Â
Empty Bowls Action #4: RSVP to attend the Empty Bowls (Virtual) Community Dinner & Trivia Event
RSVP here to save your householdâ€™s spot at the table for the Kingfield Empty Bowls Virtual Community Dinner & Trivia Event. Trivia will be hosted by Tane Danger and Heather Meyer, both Kingfield neighbors and members of the Theater of Public Policy!
Set the table, ladle out the soup, and plug in your laptop to enjoy a special show about Kingfield presented by our hosts Tane and Heather. Be sure to have your cell phone handy so you can also participate in the online Kingfield-centric trivia, focused on the history of Kingfieldâ€™s residents and dwellings. Tane says, â€œitâ€™s going to be a super fun, interactive online trivia event, where YOU can play with, and against!, others in the neighborhood!â€Â
And did we say prizes? We should have, as there will be prizes too!Â
Any questions about Kingfield Empty Bowls should be directed to KFNA Executive Director Sarah Linnes-Robinson.